Zack Wheeler rebounded after early struggles while Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz both pitched out of crucial jams late as the Mets returned to .500 with a 4-3 win over the Tigers at Citi Field.
Wheeler struck out eight batters and gave up three runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, retiring 13 batters in a row after giving up a two-run single to Nick Castellanos in the third inning that gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Wheeler has pitched at least seven innings in four of his last five starts. But it was even more important for the Mets, especially after they used six relievers in Saturday's 13-inning game.
"To pitch into the eighth is unbelievable," manager Mickey Callaway said. "That's stepping it up today."
After the Mets scored four runs in the fourth inning, they never gave it up. And their two star relievers were a big reason why.
Wheeler left the game after a one-out walk put two runners on base for the Tigers. Familia came in and struck out both batters he faced.
Diaz, meanwhile, pitched into and out of trouble in the ninth. After a leadoff walk and a one-out single put runners on the corners, Diaz struck out John Hicks and JaCoby Jones to end the game for his 13th save of the season.
"I knew this was a big series for us to win," Diaz said. "I just wanted to lock down the game after Familia had a great eighth inning."